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The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (single)

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THE SMITHS Single
Name The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Release 16 September 1985
Length 3:18
Recorded August 1985
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer The Smiths
Art work Truman Capote
Photo by Cecil Beaton (1949)
Vinyl Etching ARTY BLOODY FARTY
"IS THAT CLEVER"...JM
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #23
UK #172 (demo)
UK Vinyl Chart #2 (demo)
Single chronology
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Bigmouth Strikes Again

Information

Lyrics

The boy with the thorn in his side Behind the hatred there lies A murderous desire for love

How can they look into my eyes Still they don't believe me? How can they hear me say those words Still they don't believe me?

And if they don't believe me now Will they ever believe me? And if they don't believe me now Will they ever, will they ever believe me?

The boy with the thorn in his side Behind the hatred there lies A plundering desire for love

How can they see the Love in our eyes And still they don't believe us? And after all this time They don't want to believe us...

And if they don't believe us now Will they ever believe us? And when you want to Live: How do you start? Where do you go? Who do you need to know?

Music Video

Credits

  • The Smiths, Promo Film

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 48

The Smiths live history:

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Play count (Morrissey concert): 63

Morrissey live history:

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Appears On

Cover Versions


Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Engineer - Stephen Street
  • Guitar, Piano - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Orchestrated By - The Smiths
  • Other [Cover Star] - Truman
  • Photography By - Cecil Beaton
  • Producer - Johnny Marr
  • Producer - Morrissey
  • Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Voice - Morrissey
  • Words By - Morrissey

Notes

© 1985 Made in England

[Additional printed on sleeve] Special thanks to Grant Showbiz Recorded in Manchester August 1985 Rough Trade Records, 61-71 Collier Street, London, N1   Cecil Beaton photograph courtesy of Sotheby's London

See also The Boy With The Thorn In His Side with the push-out centre label.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Custom orange inner sleeve.

Recorded in Manchester August 1985 Cecil Beaton photograph courtesy of Sotheby's London Cover star is Truman Capote

℗ & © 1985 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.

Made in England

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Original single September 1985

Special thanks to Grant Showbiz Recorded in Manchester August 1985

Cover star - Truman Cecil Beaton photograph courtesy of Sotheby's London

℗ 1988 Rough Trade Records Ltd © 1985 Warner Bros. Music Ltd Made in France by MPO

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Discogs information (additional release)

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Wikipedia Information

"The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths. It was released as a single in September 1985, reaching No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart. A remixed version appeared on their third album The Queen Is Dead in June 1986. This was the first single by The Smiths to be accompanied by a promotional music video, something the band had previously resisted. They also performed the song on an episode of Top of the Pops. The main difference between the single version and the album version is in the use of synthesised strings. They are largely absent from the single version, only appearing in the song's coda. In 2003, Morrissey named it his favourite Smiths song.